This is what $3,000 buys...

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While the site is simple and eye pleasing, I agree with another poster about your bedding.  Not the bedding itself, but the lack of bedskirts.  I immediately noticed that in every room shot except for the one where there is a wooden runner that covers the box spring.  Bedskirts will immediately add that beautiful finishing touch! Smiling

It looks great otherwise, you have a beautiful inn!

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I would prefer that BRIAR ROSE be bigger and clearer to stand out. I do not like the ''clunky" buttons at the top of the page. Something to me just seems out of proportion. I have a 21 inch monitor..so maybe that is it?????

Why add "stock" photograpy?? Stick with what you have and is yours? People want to see what you have. I don't care for the stuff you have thrown on the pages, they have no meaning other than taking up space and increasing download time. IE: orchid...what does that have to do with Briar Rose...same with the Japanese scroll??? NOT necessary

Resizing and compressing photos is absolutely necessary as SWIRT has mentioned.

What is with all of those out of date meta tags???  Not needed.

I find it hard to read the text on the purple background. Maybe just make the background a dark purple and the text areas a lighter shade...lilac or white or cream.

Why have a pic of the Pearl st. mall on your amenities page??? Focus on what is about YOUR INN. Same with the TEA page. PUt photos of your inn serving tea, I don't need to see Mt. Fuji or whatever it is.

You are using the word "hotel" randomly in your site. You are a bed and breakfast...are you trying to get search engines to find you by using hotel???  Confusing to a potential guest.

I think this site has a lot of potential..it just needs some "tweaking"

Best wishes.

 

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I agree with the other posters, but I know professional photography is SUPER expensive, so I wouldn't give up the beautiful photos that you have for amateur ones that won't match the lighting and photo quality if you can't afford to have them redone.

As Muirford said, Photoshop can right a lot of wrongs. A very good Photoshopper may be able to extend the comforter and reduce the contrast of the boxspring so it doesn't stand out. Or even add a bedskirt. The only one that really stands out to me is the Huron Room because the bed is facing you just so. Did your photographer another photo from a different angle?

As for the tea, the easiest fix would be to crop out the counter, and just show the contents of those shelves. All those beautiful rows of tea containers and pots are great, it's just the equipment on the counter and the cleaning supplies on the window that I find distracting.

I do think you found a very talented photographer. I love the homepage photo! Very serene.

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stephanie wrote:

I agree with the other posters, but I know professional photography is SUPER expensive, so I wouldn't give up the beautiful photos that you have for amateur ones that won't match the lighting and photo quality if you can't afford to have them redone.

As Muirford said, Photoshop can right a lot of wrongs. A very good Photoshopper may be able to extend the comforter and reduce the contrast of the boxspring so it doesn't stand out. Or even add a bedskirt. The only one that really stands out to me is the Huron Room because the bed is facing you just so. Did your photographer another photo from a different angle?

As for the tea, the easiest fix would be to crop out the counter, and just show the contents of those shelves. All those beautiful rows of tea containers and pots are great, it's just the equipment on the counter and the cleaning supplies on the window that I find distracting.

I do think you found a very talented photographer. I love the homepage photo! Very serene.

If a prof photog took them then there should be an assortment of pics to choose from, perhaps a closer up shot of the row of teas versus the counter area.  ?

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Check the spelling on your pages - I noticed 'equisitly' and 'entre' on your amenities page.  There are probably others.  I know I am more than a little anal about spelling but it makes it feel unprofessional.  I agree about the tea photo - the bottom portion should be cropped out or the scene re-shot without the clutter.

The photo quality seems to be pretty good; a good Photoshopper could eliminate some of the shadows and light pools that are a little distracting on the interior shots.  The exterior photos are very nice and the interior shots of the common areas work well, also.  The beds in the bedroom shots do look messy and unfinished (to me, at least - sorry! to be harsh) and I think they would benefit from better dressing with linens before a re-shoot.  Bed skirts, at least, and comforters that conform to the bed more closely.

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hi, jeanne -

thanks for catching the typos... we have fixed. 

thanks, all for the comments about the bedskirts & bedding.  we knew this was an issue, but didn't know how prominent this was.  we will selectively work on this.

brendan

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I didn't have a problem at all  with the pages loading and all the wording was clear on my computer, although I do have a large screen and fairly new laptop.

When I looked at your website last night the first thing that popped into my head was also the bedding.  It just doesn't look right.  The bedding looks a little crooked and too little for the beds.  I think that the beds without a footboard should have a bedskirt of some sort to hid the boxspring and frame.  I LOVE the tea area!  I do agree that it looks a little messy and actually looks like someone has been in there making tea, I would think if you took away all the glasses, cups and towel that it would show 100% better.  I also loved all the pictures of the snowy mountains, they made me want to be there! 

 

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GeorgiaGirl25 wrote:

I didn't have a problem at all  with the pages loading and all the wording was clear on my computer, although I do have a large screen and fairly new laptop.

When I looked at your website last night the first thing that popped into my head was also the bedding.  It just doesn't look right.  The bedding looks a little crooked and too little for the beds.  I think that the beds without a footboard should have a bedskirt of some sort to hid the boxspring and frame.  I LOVE the tea area!  I do agree that it looks a little messy and actually looks like someone has been in there making tea, I would think if you took away all the glasses, cups and towel that it would show 100% better.  I also loved all the pictures of the snowy mountains, they made me want to be there! 

 

Clarification, not the first or home page header but the other on the ABOUT page.

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 The only thing that I don't like is that it appears to go to the other pages from your home page, the viewer must scroll down to the bottom to see the selections. I don't think that is good. I think it should be on the top. The viewer must not have to look for the menu at the bottom.

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Google ads are on the left offering stock photos! Ha ha

You can also sell photos on here as well, fyi anyone interested.

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I haven't had time to really look at it...but first impression was just ok. Are you a B & B or a hotel??? This is confusing.

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I love the colors of your house! How does purchasing the stock photography work?

The pages loaded slowly for me. It was the header pic that was slow, the others were fine. In the pix, some of the bedding looks too small for the bed, ie- I can see the boxspring & mattress. If you can get retakes, adjust the bedding so it covers the mattress & boxspring. Even if that is the 'look' you are portraying, it doesn't read well in the pix.

I agree with JBJ that the tea area looks confusing. Clear off most of the table and just have ONE cup of tea or two sitting there, not all the 'equipment'.

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Hi, Bree -

Thanks for your responses.  The way the stock photos work is that you put down money and then "pay as you go".  The more money you put down, the better the rate per picture.  The pricing varies by the size of the picture.  You can use medium size pics (600 x 800 pixels) indefinitely for the prices I reported ($2 to $3-ish per picture).  The pricing gets more complex (different duration/usage requirements) on the larger pics. 

You create free accounts with them and then spend endless hours looking at the millions of pictures.  When you find something you like, you add it to your "lightbox".   When you want to actually use them, you download and pay.

Hope that helps...

 

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But you only pay once/pic, right? Not a monthly fee or something that goes on forever?

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One last comment, the header text is splotchy on my monitor and hard to read.  Beautiful header, it is the text needs some clarification The B&B portion.  I think it is to be artistic, but hard to read on my end. 

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June, if you are talking about the graininess of the "Briar Rose" text in the rose logo, the story is that this font is called "Papyrus".  It is supposed to look like it is printed on papyrus paper, i.e. grainy.  I personally would like the font without the graininess but we couldn't find it.  By the way, the logo design was outsourced for $400 to www.logobee.com.  We thought this was a good deal.

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You paid $400 for that!!!!  I think you got taken..sorrySad

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briarrosebb wrote:

June, if you are talking about the graininess of the "Briar Rose" text in the rose logo, the story is that this font is called "Papyrus".  It is supposed to look like it is printed on papyrus paper, i.e. grainy.  I personally would like the font without the graininess but we couldn't find it.  By the way, the logo design was outsourced for $400 to www.logobee.com.  We thought this was a good deal.

Yes I saw it was papyrus, a reed/plant from Egypt.  But the smaller font for the words "bed and breakfast" in papyrus are not real clear.  With everything else being CRISP on the new website I thought you would like that to be as well.    The Briar Rose is clear enough even with the grainy papyrus look - but it is larger text.    I just looked - - Actually it is not in papyrus, it is this header here.

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I hadn't noticed this.  i will report this to our developer, the innkeeper Gary.

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$3K for the pics alone or the website and pics?

Question: Tea page. Is this a guest area? I see the assortment and then I see quiote a chatoic busy work area below them.  The rest of the website portrays calmness, order.  This seems in disarray.  The pics on this page are calm, but the actual tea station seems chaotic and even messy.  (Just me 2 cents). 

Everything else looks lovely!

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June,

thank you so much for the feedback on the tea picture.  i noticed it, too; but didn't know it was this noticable to everyone.  The $3,000 is for the inn pics only.  We "do-it-yourself" on the web development.

 

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briarrosebb wrote:

June,

thank you so much for the feedback on the tea picture.  i noticed it, too; but didn't know it was this noticable to everyone.  The $3,000 is for the inn pics only.  We "do-it-yourself" on the web development.

 

It may not have been so noticeable if just within the content, but you have a nav bar title for it, so I clicked on it.  $3k do you have other pics of this area to choose from and perhaps glean?

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